Barbara's Story

DEXTER - Barbara "Loreen" Tuttle, 85, died November 18, 2014, at a Dexter health care facility, surrounded by her family. She was born in Exeter, December 18, 1928, the daughter of Maynard and Gertrude (Jamison) Parker.

She and her husband, Owen, owned and operated a farm for many years, where she raised her family. Later she worked with her husband and son at Tuttle Saw Sales, but her most important work was taking care of her family, as she always had time for her children and grandchildren. Her greatest loves were her family, friends, a good cup of tea and her cat, Jake. She loved camping trips with her husband and family and she could crochet with the best of them. She loved to laugh and tease, or just sit and talk with most anyone. She enjoyed going out to eat and in her later years one of her favorite places was Noah's Landing, where the wait staff watched out for her. She also loved to go for rides through the woods, which reminded her of her days when she was young and did the same with her dad.

Her faith was important to her and she attended the New Hope Baptist Church when she was able.

The family would like to extend many thanks to the Dexter Health Care staff who took great care of her and her family, especially in these past few days. Their care, compassion, and many kind words describing what a great lady, and ray of sunshine that she was, will always be in our hearts.

She was predeceased by her husband, Owen Tuttle; a son, Dean; 2 sisters, her twin, Lorraine Dearborn, and Marie Thurlow. She is survived by a daughter and her husband, Lana and Brian Annis of Harmony; a daughter-in-law, Mary Tuttle of Dexter; 5 grandchildren, Michael Tuttle of Dexter, Marilyn and her husband, Scott Jakins of Newport, Joshua McPherson and his wife, Erin of Hermon, Jeannine Annis, and Eric Annis, both of Skowhegan; 5 great-grandchildren, Luke, Tyler, Brody, Abigail, and Chloe; 2 brothers, Rev. Ronald Parker, and Wilfred Parker and his wife, Linda, all of Corinna; several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Monday, November 24, 2014, from 6:30 to 8 PM, at Crosby & Neal, 61 Main Street in Dexter. Funeral services will be held 1 PM Tuesday, at New Hope Baptist Church with Pastor Rick Parker officiating. Spring burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Dexter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. For an online guest register, go to
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